Another week of dates and numbers here. While the process of preparing this is quite interesting and educational, it is also tedious, and I will be glad when we get around to early next year and I won’t be redoing these anymore…
Also, lots of famous deaths this week… kind of sad.
– Carmen Dragon
, American conductor and composer (d. 1984) You may understand why I was a bit incredulous at this name, and then somewhat also surprised to see it was a man.
– Johann Sebastian Bach
, German organist and composer (b. 1685). Ditto… Would it be too much to call him like, the father of the traditions of classical music?
1817 – Martin Körber
, Baltic German pastor, composer, and conductor (d. 1893)
1970 – George Szell
, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (b. 1897) One of the biggest conducting names of the 20th century.
1911 – George Liberace
, American violinist (d. 1983) Yes, indeed…
older brother to the other Liberace
– Franz Liszt
, Hungarian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1811). Of the Romantic era (and of the piano), I think of Liszt, Chopin, and Schumann. The latter two were born within a few months of each other, Liszt a year later. However, he died three decades after Schumann did, at the ripe old age of 74, ancient compared to the other two, neither of whom lived four full decades.
Welcome to the month of August.
1858 – Hans Rott
, Austrian composer (d. 1884) If it weren’t for Brahms, this young man’s symphony would probably be hailed as one of the greatest from such a young composer, although it’s probably more complicated than that. Listen to his symphony and tell me Mahler didn’t adore this piece so much that he used significant portions of it as inspiration for his own first symphony (or the Lieder he wrote that he later recycled in his first symphony).
– Ivan Zajc
, Croatian composer, conductor, and director (d. 1914)
– Alfred Schnittke
, Russian composer (b. 1934) Significant composer, but not one I can appreciate at the moment.